Construction will begin on the N16 in the next few weeks following confirmation of a €1.9m contract.
The National Roads Authority confirmed that work will begin shortly on a €1.9m contract to proceed with the planning and construction of local realignment work at Cornacloy on the N16.
Fine Gael Deputy Tony McLoughlin said he understands the work will commence before Christmas. The contract was confirmed to Leitrim Co Council last week. The deputy met with the NRA along with other local representatives last week and is delighted to be able to welcome this funding for the necessary works this week. Deputy McLoughlin said he was delighted that the “dangerous bends” would be taken care of on this important stretch of road.
The head of the National Roads Authority had admitted to Fianna Fáil Senator, Paschal Mooney last week that the standard of the N16 Road to the Leitrim County Border was “unacceptable.”
Last year over €1.3m was allocated by the NRA and the Department of Transport towards the N16 and this new funding will see some of the most dangerous parts of the N16 re-aligned.
It is understood that the successful tender company called ‘Clare Engineering’ has been informed and plans are at an advanced stage to commence work within the next few weeks.
The announcement has been warmly welcomed also by local Fine Gael Councillor Sean McDermott who has campaigned for many years on the poor state of the N16.
Cllr McDermott praised the efforts of Leitrim County Council staff led by Mr Shay O’Connor, Senior Engineer on their work to ensure that this project was ready for funding.
In conclusion Cllr McDermott thanked Deputy McLoughlin who lobbied both Minister Varadkar and Fred Barry of the NRA on the issue of the N16.
The N16 road is a national primary road which begins in County Sligo and ends at Blacklion, County Cavan, at the border with Northern Ireland, where it becomes the A4 road to Enniskillen.